Share your thoughts on proposed changes to Horan Natural Area, Loop Trail

by Rachel Hansen | Mar 11, 2022

Chelan PUD wants to know what you think about proposed changes to the Confluence State Park, Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail, and Horan Natural Area.

The changes were offered as part of the City of Wenatchee’s Confluence Parkway Project, designed to alleviate traffic congestion along North Wenatchee Avenue. A section of the parkway is planned to run adjacent to Confluence State Park and the Horan Natural Area, which are owned by Chelan PUD as part of its license to operate Rock Island Dam.

The project includes an exchange of about six acres of park land that runs parallel to the railroad with land of similar or higher recreational and environmental value along the southern border of the Horan Natural Area. The project also includes plans to reroute the Apple Capital Loop Trail off Hawley Street to a dedicated path and incorporate noise, aesthetic, and other mitigative features into the project and trail design.

Chelan PUD is offering several opportunities in late March to learn more about the project and share your thoughts. Here’s how to participate:

  • Online: An 11-question survey will show some of the proposed changes and offer the chance to comment. The survey will be available in English and Spanish at, March 21 through April 4.
  • Self-guided trail walks: At 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m. on March 30, PUD staff will be positioned along the Loop Trail between Hawley Street and the pedestrian bridge to help visitors envision the proposed changes.
  • Drop-in sessions: Learn more about the project with Chelan PUD and City staff, and share your perspective with Chelan PUD commissioners on March 30, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way in Wenatchee. Native Spanish speakers will be available.

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